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Brick Man Among Latest Charged in Drug Network Roundup

Matthew Moore (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

Matthew Moore (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

A Brick man is among several people charged in the wake of a major drug bust announced by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this month.

Matthew Moore, 32, is facing charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 5 ounces of heroin, the prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.

Moore is among several additional individuals charged in what investigators dubbed “Operation Sin City” and “Operation Broken Rule,” which resulted in more than 34 arrests, mainly for heroin distribution. The two heroin distribution networks that were the target of police reached from Ocean County to Philadelphia, and across other parts of New Jersey, including Atlantic, Union and Middlesex counties.

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The investigations began in December of 2014. Prosecutors allege that the two heroin networks were responsible for the import of over a kilogram of heroin a week into Ocean County. A kilogram of heroin equates to approximately 50,000 individual dosage units of heroin.

Both operations had accounted for the arrest of 36 individuals on various drug and weapons charges, seized nearly 31,000 individual dosage units of heroin, approximately 25 grams of raw heroin, approximately $140,000 in cash, 14 motor vehicles (one of which was equipped with an electronic trap utilized to conceal drugs), six firearms to include a TEC- 9 assault weapon and materials consistent with a drug manufacturing and production facility.

Over this past month, the investigation continued in identifying additional network players. A full list of the latest arrestees is available from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.